Quest Software, Inc. (now a part of
Dell) enables organizations to clear significant hurdles associated with
Windows 7/8 migrations by identifying the top rules for streamlining the
process, while reducing costs and corporate risk. Companies often
underestimate the major obstacles caused by application compatibility
issues brought on by Windows migrations, which can involve laborious,
time-consuming manual processes. While every organization-regardless of
size-has different variables that can affect migrations, a core set of
requirements for preparing, planning, organizing, and implementing the
process remains the same. As a leader in application
compatibility and a known, trusted partner in Windows
7/8 migrations, Quest has drawn upon its extensive experience in
performing migrations worldwide, to develop 10 rules for avoiding undue
cost and risk by leveraging best practices for application
compatibility, automation and virtualization.
Ten Rules for a Streamlined Windows 7/8 Migration:
Plan the migration - Scope and assess the project to
get a clear understanding of cost, resources and time required.
Rationalize the application list - Retiring older,
incompatible versions and consolidating where possible means IT
doesn't spend valuable resources migrating what isn't needed.
Don't forget the "unmanaged applications" - they can be the
silent killers of any migration.
Conduct application compatibility assessment as early as
possible; accurate results help ensure that rationalization
decisions are sound.
Automate where ever possible - Don't assume all
steps in the migration will be performed in one clean swoop;
automation is the only way to ensure that any step that is
repeated is consistent, which can save up to 50 percent in time
and costs needed for migrations.
Don't neglect Web applications - More and more
mission-critical apps depend on Web applications. Since Windows
includes Internet Explorer, successful migrations require the
resolution of any issues around Web-based applications early.
Build automated application assessment into the existing
packaging service so new apps will stream in throughout the
migration, improving user experience significantly while saving
weeks to months on the migration project, as well as needed budget.
Virtualize applications - Usable apps are portable apps,
so, in today's mobile and remote work environment, applications
should be virtualized to ensure they are available when and where
users need them.
Be prepared for multiple build changes - Know that as the
migration project progresses, the Windows build will undergo
change. This understanding will enable greater agility and
responsiveness to change, which leads to faster, smoother
Have a plan for how to complete User Acceptance Testing (UAT) -
Leveraging desktop virtualization speeds and streamlines user
acceptance testing, which results in more satisfied users and IT
Leveraging Application Compatibility Assessment and Automation to
Shave Migration Time and Cost
About Quest Software (now a part of Dell)
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. Quest, now
a part of Dell's Software Group, provides simple and innovative IT
management solutions that enable more than 100,000 global customers to
save time and money across physical and virtual environments. Quest
products solve complex IT challenges ranging from database management,
data protection, identity and access management, monitoring, user
workspace management to Windows management. For more information, visit http://www.quest.com
About Dell Software
Dell Software helps customers of every size take advantage of new
technologies and address organizational challenges to grow their
businesses and remain competitive. For more than a decade, Dell has been
making strategic software acquisitions and partnering in the industry to
support and enable the hardware and services solutions it provides to
customers. In 2012, Dell formed a dedicated software division to extend
its capabilities in software IP and total solutions offerings. Dell
security, systems management, business intelligence and application
software draw on the strength of Dell's distribution capabilities and
reputation to help clients in every industry achieve better business
Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary
interest in the marks and names of others.
Quest, Quest Software, and the Quest logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Quest Software in the United States and certain
other countries. All other names mentioned herein may be
trademarks of their respective owners.
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